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Why the Poor Don’t Soak the Rich: They Don’t Know How Poor (or Rich) They Really Are
Gautam Nair

January 27, 2016

Misperceptions of the income distribution.

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Tricky Questions on Solar Energy
Nikki Springer

December 16, 2015

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The need for a national dialogue on how and where to install solar energy. photo:wikimedia commons

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Why Those Water Cooler Chats Might Be Good for Your Career
Emily Nix

December 11, 2015

Learning from colleagues: A look at the spillover effect.

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Military Gear, Local Policing, and the Carceral State
Philip McHarris

December 7, 2015

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The militarization of the police and the rise of the carceral state. photo credit: wikimedia commons

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Why Marx Has Become Relevant Again
Max Krahe

November 30, 2015

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Assessing Marx’s theory as a lens to comprehend the contemporary world.

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Understanding Title IX Noncompliance
Celene Reynolds

November 16, 2015

Despite the fact that Title IX been on the books for over 40 years, we have little information on the number of alleged Title IX violations that occur.

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Ben Carson, Beating All Comers
Alan Gerber and Barry Nalebuff

October 30, 2015

Running a pairwise contest between the top 12 Republican candidates.

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The Counterintuitive Effects of a Prosocial Online Game: When Good Intentions Go Awry
Gina Roussos

October 30, 2015

Without a nuanced understanding of how prosocial gaming influences attitudes, it could end up reinforcing prejudices,

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New Haven Focused Deterrence Strategy Associated with Significant Decline in Gun Violence
Michael Sierra-Arevalo

October 21, 2015

A case for bolstering focused deterrence programs in New Haven.

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Making the Charitable Sector More Charitable
Jennifer McTiernan

September 30, 2015

Reforming the charitable tax deduction so it lives up to its name.

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Signaling and Counter-Signaling in the Judicial Hierarchy
Deborah Beim, Alexander V. Hirsch, Jonathan P. Kastellec

September 21, 2015

Examining the hierarchical relationship that exists within the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

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Want to Help the Refugees? Teach Migration as Part of IR
Margaret Peters

September 10, 2015

Openness to trade, off-shore production, and labor-saving technology have decreased business’s support for open, low-skill immigration.

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U.S. Political Dysfunction
Aaron Goldzimer

September 3, 2015

To combat political polarization, will it help to let political parties collect more cash?

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Data Availability Determines Whether Campaigns Focus On The Middle Or The Base
Eitan Hersh

August 11, 2015

Based on the electorate’s prior behavior, campaigns can anticipate who will vote, but they have poor signals about where voters stand.

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The Missing Lesson of Ferguson: Conduct ≠ Contact
Vesla M. Weaver

August 11, 2015

Crime distribution by race hasn't changed much, but contact with the law has.

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The United States Is No Longer a Climate Laggard
Matto Mildenberger

July 15, 2015

Unprecedented executive action shows the US is getting serious about climate change.

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The Real Story about How Data-Driven Campaigns Target Voters
John Sides

July 10, 2015

A Q&A with Eitan Hersh on his new book.

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How Much Should New Drugs Be Regulated?
Rebecca McKibbin

June 4, 2015

Right to Try Laws are presented as a costless solution; they are not.

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What Makes Field Organizers Effective? Being Like the People They Want to Persuade.
Eitan Hersh

June 1, 2015

What the research actually shows about persuading voters.

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